DOING IT YOURSELF
If you’re moving house yourself then give yourself time to shop around for a self-drive truck or van, or trailer. These will be the biggest expense for your DIY move so try to book them early. Make sure you book the right size vehicle for the job – there’s nothing worse than having to make multiple trips to get all your belongings moved.
Don’t forget the cost of all your packaging items – boxes, bubble wrap, pens & sturdy packing tape.
Can you move all the furniture yourself? If not, try to enlist some strong family members or friends and think about how much it will cost to feed and water them as a thank you for helping you.
BRING IN THE PROFESSIONALS
Unless you're only moving a small number of items a short distance, it's usually better to get a professional house moving company to do it for you.
Professional movers are experienced, efficient and experts at fitting everything in. Consider more than the price when choosing your movers – can your family or friends recommend a reliable and professional firm? How long do the movers estimate the move will take, and how much will it cost? How many movers will they provide for the move? Although it might cost a little more to get the professionals in, it will take far less time overall.
If you need a skip to dispose of rubbish then you’ll need to factor this cost in as well.
Does your contents insurance cover the cost of items while in transit? If not, you should arrange extra coverage in case anything is damaged in transit.
Do you need to put items into storage? If so, contact a couple of storage suppliers. Check how often you can get access to your items, the various sizes of their storage units, whether they will pack your items up and pack it into the storage unit, or if you have to do it yourself? Most storage companies have online calculators to help you determine which is the best size storage unit for you if you aren’t sure.
There is sometimes a cost of moving your utilities so check this with your providers. Also consider setting up a redirect for your mail with NZ Post to make sure you catch all the mail that is sent to you.